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Old 07-29-2010, 12:13 PM   #1
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The Alternative Montana 1000 riders

A group of us formed because we always met up at the posted alternate (harder) routes and soon just always rode together. Other than occasional arguements about who's gps was correct, we got along famously. I'm posting the best of my photos and hope the others will do the same here.

Putts, master cat herder


Big sky on the first day


Sven decides this view will do for the first nights camp




Turned out to be a pretty darn nice campsite for night


KTM orange on two campers in the morning


Viola-tor on an alternate that didn't go (but we didn't care - it was still worth it.


The gang rides down an alternate


The alternates had mud


And sometimes more mud


Some alternates were a bit tougher than others


The start of a tunnel alternate


The tunnel ride begins


Near the middle of the tunnel you can barely see the light at the end of the tunnel


My favorite tunnel pic that I took


There's some big mountains lurking in the background


Had to eat some dust enroute to the big ones


Some weather moved in one night


Resulting in more of this


Which slowed us down because of this


Since the skies threatened, I added a little shelter to my bivy


But the next morning turned out like this


We were all excited about riding the Gravelys but had to wait for these


The wait was worth it



The Gravelys - if you missed them this year, come back. This ride is a must do


Sadly, we had to ride down out of the Gravelys but canyons like this helped


Sometimes it's a long way between gas stops and alternative fueling must be arranged


Somewhere either just before or after the above shot, I biffed and broke my camera. So that's it for me. I'll try to embed some video in the next post. Hopefully other alternate riders will post some photos here. If not, mine will have to do.
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Old 07-29-2010, 12:32 PM   #2
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Nice pics. With the weather threatening, my group opted another alternate and rode down the Ruby River. I really want to ride the Gravelly. It looks like a return trip is needed.
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:13 PM   #3
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Looks nice, I like the bikes riding on the road through the meadow of flowers.

The mud doesn't look like so much fun but it does look like an Adventure. West Montana is a beautiful place to explore.
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:22 AM   #4
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oh man, great stuff!

I have a TON of photos, but it will be while before I get back to my computer and start sifting through them. They will come...

That one of me in the tunnel with the flash is awesome! What a unique experience riding through that.
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Old 07-30-2010, 12:28 PM   #5
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well im finally gettin some pics uploaded

here is a part of "team alternate" on the deadend.. was like riding through a golf course.. till the road ended.. but then we got to go back on the same



it just ended?? i swear!!



i don't think too many people had been on this route yet this year.. if it even was the route? worth every last minute



play with it for a bit... then leave it how you found it



ill put up more in a little bit.. as they upload
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:50 PM   #6
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Great pics guys!!!
Those roads look like heaven to me!

Good to have met Mommer, Diek(Viola-tr), Dave, Geek and others!

Hanging around camp with you guys was a blast, I can not imagine what riding with you would be like



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Old 07-30-2010, 04:18 PM   #7
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Great pics guys!!!
Those roads look like heaven to me!

Good to have met Mommer, Diek(Viola-tr), Dave, Geek and others!

Hanging around camp with you guys was a blast, I can not imagine what riding with you would be like



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good meetin you too glen!!
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Old 07-30-2010, 05:03 PM   #8
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it's cool to show up at a gas station in anywhere usa, on a bunch of really pissed off, fully loaded, monsters!!



it was a little muddy buddy! nice line dan (bajaho)



happy as a pig in.... well you know



i can't believe i didn't get any pics of rudy.. man he hooked us up. it was a really great supprise!! but right after that we found a cool camp.. right in the shadow of an old fallen down mine/mill. there were some cool hill climbs right at camp.. so we played a little

viola-tor layin down .. takin a little nap



jonez was thinkin that looked like a good idea i guess? so he took the harder line.. on the "little bike" you know

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Old 07-31-2010, 11:08 AM   #9
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Looks like a super fun ride with amazing scenery!
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Old 07-31-2010, 10:52 PM   #11
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Montana 1000, last best place to ride.

Thank you Putts and MoonDogMt and everyone that had a hand in putting this great ride together. This was my first time in Montana and it is truly wide open and Big sky country. Also thanks to the guys I rode with, jonz,mommer,davestr,ABboy,viola-tor, one can, and the Montana brothers Justin and Jason, lots of laughs and great camaraderie. I think we made just about every by-pas and maybe a few more. My pics are here.

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Old 07-31-2010, 11:26 PM   #12
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Baja Ho:

Very nice pics. It's really interesting to see pics from the various routes that the riders took.

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Thank you Putts and MoonDogMt and everyone that had a hand in putting this great ride together. This was my first time in Montana and it is truly wide open and Big sky country. Also thanks to the guys I rode with, jonz,mommer,davestr,ABboy,viola-tor, one can, and the Montana brothers Justin and Jason, lots of laughs and great camaraderie. I think we made just about every by-pas and maybe a few more. My pics are here.

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Old 08-01-2010, 07:19 AM   #13
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Your pictures are GREAT. I forgot to bring my camera so I don't have any pictures to share. Thanks for sharing yours.

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Old 08-01-2010, 09:48 AM   #14
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Your pictures are GREAT. I forgot to bring my camera so I don't have any pictures to share. Thanks for sharing yours.

sven. you can take mine if you want? copy em to your computer.. i have some good ones of you i think.. i also have a video of the birthday song. but i don't know how to send it.. ill try. my pics are here www.mommer.smugmug.com
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sven. you can take mine if you want? copy em to your computer.. i have some good ones of you i think.. i also have a video of the birthday song. but i don't know how to send it.. ill try. my pics are here www.mommer.smugmug.com
Sven, Glad you liiked the photos, just copy the address and save it on your favorits. Dan

Hey mommer
Since you live in Colorado ( Premiere riding area) maybe you could put together a ride for next year with a few of those nice high peaks thrown in, Hint, Hint.
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